It was not an easy task to move into the luxury car class, after probably not quite successful 262 C and still maintain the Volvo identity. 262 C. It should be significantly larger, also by design this time. Advantage this time, Bertone was allowed to experiment on the complete body, not just cut back the roof. However, he had a bitter pill to swallow, namely the wheelbase had to be retained.
The result was probably to describe as sucessfully. Perhaps for this reason, the manufacturer pointed out that this car was produced in collaboration with Volvo chief designer Jan Wilsgaard. Although no one can doubt that it is a Volvo. Lay people who are far enough away and choose a very specific point of view, could tap on a BMW, but that certainly lacks any expertise, right?
The car was built and initially sold in Italy also. Whether therefore, it was also available with a diesel engine? If one would never have to start it cold, the turbo-diesel would be with its performance quite comfortable. Certainly that applied to the interior. Basically the same as the of the limousine attracted immediately attention the additional root wood trim on the doors and wonderfully crafted leather on the seats and steering wheel.
Very well equipped it was, to what were still counted central locking and electric actuation of windows, sunroof, seats and mirrors at that time. The audio system was highly praised and except automatic level control and automatic climate control there was already a so-called trip computer. However, the car also was 25 percent more expensive than the top model 760.
The 780 Coupé remains a certain exclusivity with one for a year more on the market not significantly higher sales rate. Hardly criticism there were at the petrol cars which ensured as turbocharged four-cylinder and V six-cylinder for pleasing driving performance. More likely you could criticise the rear rigid axle, which was replaced against one with semi-trailing arms only in 1988. 03/15